[K12OSN] No one can log in! Advice please.

Steven Santos steven at simplycircus.com
Mon Feb 4 22:40:47 UTC 2008

I assume that /home is on its own partition?

Go grab a cheep 100GB external drive, format it ext2 or anything else that
will preserve your permissions and then move all of home over to that.  Blow
out /home and see how much space that frees up, and how much space is on
that drive.

Then you can move a user at a times directory back, and likely find the

Steven Santos
Director, Simply Circus, Inc.
Email: Steven at SimplyCircus.com
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: k12osn-bounces at redhat.com [mailto:k12osn-bounces at redhat.com]On
> Behalf Of Joseph Bishay
> Sent: Monday, February 04, 2008 1:54 PM
> To: Support list for open source software in schools.
> Subject: Re: [K12OSN] No one can log in! Advice please.
> Hello,
> > Be sure to run yum clean all to dump the update cache.
> Done - made negligible impact (df still reports 100% used)
> > If the error message is claiming  a full /home dir (which is why users
> > can't log in), so someone hosed the home dir by filling it up.
> >
> > for user in `ls -1 /home`
> > do
> > echo "$user `du -ks $user`"
> > done
> >
> > will print a list of the space used by user in the /home folder.
> Thank you for that. I am not very good with such scripts so I used du
> --max-depth=1 -h in /home to give me the listing for everyone.  The
> biggest user we have is using 400 MB.  You are right that 37 GB is
> small nowadays.  When we originally purchased the drives (37x2 SCSI
> drives in a hardware RAID mirror configuration) it was the most we
> could afford.  However, we only have 12 computers, and a total
> userbase of 25 students, so it has been more that sufficient for
> several years.  I also backup and wipe it at the end of every school
> year for a fresh install.
> Are there any other possibilities?
> Thank you.
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